Day 11 - A show that disappointed you


There have been plenty of shows that have disappointed me over the years, but the most recent culprit was FlashForward. As most of my media consumption time is devoted to various Asian dramas these days, my western shows of choice are few in number. For a very long time, one of the most important in the line-up was Lost. As Lost was ending I was on the lookout for a new show with cool mysteries and a tendency to piss off it's audience. I thought FlashForward would be that show.

At first glance, it had everything: huge secrets, cool FBI agents, and nice special effects. The pilot was good... and that was it. Lost's first season was kind of incredible, so it's a little unfair to judge a show by that high a standard, but FlashForward didn't even come close. Before Lost got buried under the weight of itself, it was an interesting show about people stuck on this crazy-ass island. FlashForward was just boring and I hated all the characters. I made it through a few episodes and then gave it up because it wasn't worth the effort or time.

Here's hoping next season is better.

30 Days of Television )
First, the bad news. I parked on the street in front of my house Friday night. Saturday morning I go out and discover some jackass has sideswiped my car in the early hours, busted my driver-side mirror, and ran. No note, nothing. So now I am out $450 for brand new mirror and the labor needed to reinstall it. Plus, I won’t get it until after the weekend due to the holiday. Until then I have to drive around like some redneck with a broken mirror. It’s a little scary driving sans mirror. I enjoy being able to see. I should count my blessings that it wasn’t worse. I can’t imagine what it would have cost if they had damaged more of my car.

Cut for picture of damage )

I really hope karma comes back and bites them in the ASS.

Good news: I’m done with Christmas shopping! Now I just need to wrap everything. Christmas is rather small this year given I have no money, which is sad because I really do enjoy getting people things. I had also meant to make a rag quilt for my mom, but never got around to it. I’m finally in the Christmas spirit, though! I’m even listening to Christmas music at my desk (thanks, Pandora). We got a little dusting of snow, which almost ended with me on my ass because ice and heels don’t mix. But, I survived.

What I watched this weekend, jdramas, kdramas, and regular-type tv! )
I had an eye exam this morning that was at least 45 minutes longer than it should have been. Since those 45 minutes were me sitting in the exam room with my dilated pupils waiting for my doctor. She had to schedule surgery for someone, which I understand, but let me know. I couldn't even read anything because once those drops start working looking at anything close-up is a bitch.

Finally, I'm getting my short range vision back. This is important as my job is 90% staring at a computer screen. My pupils are still HUGE and give me a kind of cracked-out look that I enjoy whenever I see myself in the mirror.

Counting down the minutes until the end of the day. This week has been bo-ring and I am anxious for it to end.

So, I've been watching Flashforward as you may be aware. I decided this week that I'd go ahead and watch Community during the first half, because I've missed watching it and nothing ever happens during the first half of Flashforward anyway. Nothing really happens during the second half of it either, but that's another issue.

It's been bothering me for week's, ever since we saw this one doctor's flashforward. He sees a Japanese woman in his vision and I thought she looked just like Takeuchi Yuko (Aki from Pride), but kept telling myself I had to be wrong. But this week we were finally introduced to her beyond a few seconds of face time and it's totally her!. I was very excited.

Have a great weekend, everyone!
rosdrise: (mad men - betty is PISSED)
I've been enjoying You're Beautiful since it started. It's a show about a nun-in-training disguising herself to join a boyband. I don't see how it couldn't be funny, especially since it's being penned by the Hong sisters. Of course, I thought FlashForward was going to be brilliant and it just gets more dull every week. I may start watching Vampire Diaries in real time and saving FF for downloads. I'd really like to stick with it through the season but it's not going to be easy.

Anyway, I've seen several people that have taken issue with the character of Mi Nam. That's totally understandable, she's basically a moron. A sweet, adorable moron, but a moron nonetheless. It can be frustrating watching your supposed heroine not be able to tie her own shoes, so to speak. Personally, it hasn't really bothered me, but I can see how it would.

What I do take issue with is the combination of Mi Nam's character and the other big female roles: He Yi, Mi Nam's aunt, and Tae Kyung's mom. On their own, fine. They aren't exactly expertly flushed out characters, but it is just a silly little romcom, so I can deal with that. But the only female character that falls between these two polar opposites is the stylist. I don't even remember her name, so she's not exactly on the screen a lot. What we are left with are two examples of women: the desired and the undesired.

Mi Nam is pretty much the Victorian ideal of a woman: the angel of the house. She's passive, powerless, meek, and self-sacrificing. She heaps all the blame on herself. She is doing a favor for her brother by masquerading as a boy. While it is understandable to feel guilt over lying to those you've grown close to, Mi Nam treats it as a sin. She tries to suppress her feelings for Tae Kyung in order to keep harmony in their little family. All of her actions are focused around pleasing the men in her life.

Then we have He Yi. Who, because she lacks all of the qualities that make Mi Nam so 'good' is labeled as 'bad'. He Yi looks out for herself. She is strong, driven, and will take what she wants. For every instance of Mi Nam sitting back quietly, suffering for her supposed sins, we have He Yi ignoring the feelings of others, and focusing solely on what she desires.

OK, so He Yi is kind of a bitch. I get that, every story has a villain. I don't think it would bother me so much if Mi Nam wasn't such a pinnacle of Victorian virtue. It's such a blatant case of binary issues. He Yi isn't Mi Nam, thus she is evil. The only time people like He Yi is when she is masquerading as a girl with Mi Nam's characteristics. Once they see that is not her real self, she is no longer the angel of the house. She is the 'other' type of woman. The other that society does not want or accept.

In a way, Tae Kyung's mom is kind of a twisted version of the angel of the house. Her entire world revolves around the love she lost. The only time we are allowed to feel sympathy for her is when she is mourning the loss of that love. She only softens when she talks of that man or of his children. But she has not devoted herself fully to her family like she is supposed to (see: Tae Kyung).

This whole thing is like a fairytale come to life. Mi Nam is going to marry the prince and the evil stepmother is going to get put in a barrel covered in nails and rolled down a hill.

See my icon for a show with less cookie cutter versions of women.


Oct. 30th, 2009 12:28 pm
Autumn is my favorite season. Too bad it only lasts for about three weeks. It's raining pretty hard today, which makes me sad. While I love summer thunderstorms, rain in October just means the pretty leaves get knocked off the trees. And I have a yard this year, so I have to rake.

I signed up for NaNo again this year (my username is D. Coyle if anyone wants to buddy me, I'm not sure if anyone else is participating). I made a good dent in the word count last year, but got disillusioned pretty early on. There were plenty of things to distract me. I hope to rap up Karei Naru Spy and Return of Iljimae this weekend so I won't have any desire to sneak peeks at them instead of writing. The only other two dramas I'm watching are You're Beautiful and Smile, You. That's roughly four hours a week I'll give to drama watching. I may put a pause on my normal tv viewing. I haven't been that enamored of Glee recently, so I'm not that concerned. I can always play catch up with FlashForward and Vampire Diaries in December when nothing is on tv anyway.

OH! I watched the pilot for the new USA show White Collar and it was pretty entertaining. I'm not ready to write it off as fantastic yet, because it was a little uneven, but it has the capacity to be a solid hour of entertainment. At some point I need to sit down and watch all the episodes of Psych. Sometimes I'll randomly watch it if I see it on, but that's it. Anyway, if you like Psych you should probably check out White Collar. Plus, it has Matthew Bomer who is so incredibly pretty (I'm such a sucker for blue eyes and dark hair) and dresses like a Rat Packer.

So, I kept ignoring the emails from Geocities about how they were shutting down. I kept saying I'd get around to moving my stuff (I hosted my lj css file over there) but I never did. So now I have some default layout up while I shop around for something I like. So many layout are so ugly...



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